Tuesday, June 29, 2010

HC seeks details of disabled candidates joining IIMs

MUMBAI: The Bombay high court on Monday sought details of the seats reserved for disabled candidates in Indian Institutes of Management across India and the number of such candidates admitted during the current academic year.

Hearing a petition filed by a city-based TYBcom student Rahul Girreddy, who dragged the IIMs to court, a division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice S C Dharmadhikari has given IIM-Ahmedabad time till July 6 to submit the details.

Girreddy (20), a student of R A Poddar College, suffers from a speech disability, and had passed the CAT for admissions to IIM this year. According to the petition, the institutions were not implementing the Persons with Disabilities (PD) Act, which reserves 3% of the seats for disabled candidates.

Of the 2,000 seats available in the IIMs across the country, around 70-90 are reserved for disabled candidates. The lawyer representing Girreddy claimed that this was not adhered to and hence, disabled candidates were not benefiting from the scheme.

The Union government's counsel told the court that the IIMs were autonomous institutions and so the Centre did not have control over them. It was, however, pointed out that the IIMs received 100% grant from the government and were supposed to implement the reservation rule.

IIM-A, in an affidavit, pointed out that they had filled all the seats reserved for disabled students. The court then asked them for the details of other IIMs. The judges also indicated that the issue of whether the Bombay high court had jurisdiction to hear the case would have to be gone into, since there is not a single IIM in Maharashtra.

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